Last update: August 25th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Iceland.
The bloom is an annual summer event in the North Atlantic Ocean. Phytoplankton are important for carbon cycling and are also a critical part of the ocean’s food chain.
“The structure of the bloom clearly shows the influence of ocean circulation on the distribution and concentration of phytoplankton,” said Michael Behrenfeld, a phytoplankton ecologist at Oregon State University.
The image was captured on July 7 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory